Review – Point of Retreat
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  • July 22, 2013

point of retreat

Point of Retreat is the second book in the New Adult Slammed series by Colleen Hoover. I read the first book a few weeks ago when I needed something lighter-handed leading up to my wedding. Despite an intense plot line in book one I knew that Hoover’s handling of the material would prove to be a good fit with my mood. And I was not mistaken.

The problem? This book was not as fun as the first book. But I know why. Allow me to explain.

Layken Cohen and Will Cooper have gone through an extreme experience with each other. Following the death of Lake’s mother, Julia, due to lung cancer. Now the two are managing a relationship with one another while raising their respective younger brothers, both without their parents. And it’s all going swimmingly until a woman from Will’s past threatens their happiness. Lake cannot get over Will’s ex and insist that he evaluates their relationship by giving him time apart. Will does not want to lose Lake and will do anything to keep her. Even reconsider his feelings about his ex.

So, once again it’s a romance, and an absurd one at that. Once again the two have to find one another. And once again there is poetry (though not as much). And, once again, there’s a dramatic event that prevents the two from consummating their love.

Sound familiar? It is. In fact, it’s a repeat of the entire first book, Slammed, with minor tweaking on details. Structurally, it’s the exact same book. Will’s just not Lake’s teacher now. And the sexual tension is patterned the same from book one. And Lake is still immature and inexperienced. And the only difference is that it’s told from Will’s point-of-view… who is virtually the same voice as Lake. Only punchier instead of screamier.

Will punches when he’s angry and Lake shouts and rants and raves to solve her problems. I get it. That’s what I learned from this book. And that’s about all.

The couple of elements that I wanted more of that would have brought this book up for me were more muted than book one – The Poetry slams and the side characters. Eddie, Lake’s best friend, is a bore in this book. There is not enough of her and I missed her fire. Surprisingly, I also missed Julia, Lake’s mother. Hoover included her in spirit in a great way but she did something that annoyed me – she added a child named Kiersten with a very similar Julia/Eddie personality. And it was very obvious that she did it to supplement a dead (and a might-as-well-have-been dead) character’s personality.

This makes me think that Hoover’s formula for book one is the only thing she knows how to write. And this worries me, because against my better judgement I actually liked this series enough to read book three (shocker, I know). But I can’t even tell you why I did. Because there is not even enough here to string me along for that long.

But I went onto book three. So that says something.

I blame wedding week. It would have never happened otherwise. And what happens in wedding week stays in wedding week. Including these books.

(Please don’t judge.)

Oh, and another thing – The inclusion of Will’s ex was poor. And the reason for the additional sexual tension between them… touching, but also poor. I understand, but it was still weak. And unnecessarily melodramatic. And sappy.

3 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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